A Guide to the James Gordon Bryson Papers, 1854-1862, [ca. 1905], 1950-1966
Physician and author James Gordon Bryson (1884-1968) was born to Joseph Goodson and Elizabeth (Anderson) Bryson on October 6, 1884, in Liberty Hill, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas medical school at Galveston in 1910, he married Lily Clara Shuddemagen, and the couple eventually had six children. Bryson established his medical practice in Pearsall, before moving to Bastrop. During his thirty-seven-year career, he became one of the best-known general practitioners in Central Texas and was commended by the State of Texas for his service. Active in local Democratic politics, Bryson served as Bastrop mayor from 1946 to 1950 and as school board president for several terms, beginning in 1923. He was also an active Mason and Methodist. After retiring from medicine 1947, Bryson spent much of his time working on his Bastrop County farm until returning to the University of Texas at the age of 72 to study history. His studies resulted in two books, Reminiscences of a Country Doctor (1963), reissued as One Hundred Dollars and a Horse (1965), and Shin Oak Ridge (1965).
"Bryson, James Gordon.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed October 27, 2010.
The James Gordon Bryson Papers, 1854-1862, [ca. 1905], 1950-1966, document the career of Bryson as a doctor, writer, and farmer in Bastrop, Texas and include his autobiography [ca.1963], correspondence with colleagues, notes on his writing, a 1854 bible, and a commendation from the House of Representatives for his medical service (1959). Additionally, the collection contains photographs [ca. 1905] from and an essay (1966) on Bryson’s undergraduate experiences as a resident the University of Texas’s B. Hall (formerly known as Brackenridge Hall). Photocopied items (1856-1862, 1935) include clippings about the shooting of George A. Gamble in Bastrop and two letters written by W. T. Higgins.
This collection is open for research use.
James Gordon Bryson Papers, 1854-1862, [ca. 1905], 1950-1966, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, 1960s
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers